San Diego Sabers

San Diego Sabers
City Escondido, California
League WSHL
Division Western
Founded 2001
Home arena Iceplex Escondido
Colors Gold, Black, White
General manager Jim Cavataio
Head coach vacant
Franchise history
2001–2008 San Diego Surf
2008–2015 San Diego Gulls
2015–present San Diego Sabers

The San Diego Sabers are a junior ice hockey team. They are a member of the Western Division in the Western States Hockey League based in Escondido, California and plays at the Iceoplex-Escondido. The team was the fourth team to be known as the San Diego Gulls from 2008 to 2015 until it gave up the nickname to the American Hockey League San Diego Gulls before the 2015–16 season.


Team logo when the franchise played as the San Diego Gulls 2008–15.
Team logo when the franchise played as the San Diego Surf 2001–08.

The franchise was founded in 2001 as the San Diego Surf. At the time, the WSHL was a Tier III Junior B league before later transitioning to a Junior A in 2007.[1] It played as the Surf from 2001 until 2008 when the team took the name San Diego Gulls, the name of three former hockey franchises in San Diego.[2][3][4]

Prior to the 2011–12 season the WSHL and all its team members, including the Gulls, became Amateur Athletic Union sanctioned instead of USA Hockey, the first Junior A hockey league to make that transition.

In February 2015, it was announced that the team has changed its name to San Diego Sabers for the 2015–16 season as the San Diego Gulls name would be used by the new San Diego AHL team.[5]

Season-by-season records

Season GP W L OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2010–11 46 23 22 1 47 141 151 4th of 8, Western
7th of 13, WSHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads
2011–12 46 24 17 5 53 181 132 851 2nd of 6, Western
7th of 16, WSHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Valencia Flyers
2012–13 46 24 18 4 52 173 131 620 4th of 6, Western
10th of 22, WSHL
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Valencia Flyers
2013–14 46 8 35 3 19 142 226 837 6th of 6, Western
21st of 24, WSHL
Did not qualify
2014–15 46 15 29 2 32 146 208 998 6th of 8, Western
22nd of 28, WSHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 2-1 vs. Long Beach Bombers
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0-2 vs. Fresno Monsters
2015–16 52 9 40 3 21 110 275 1015 8th of 8, Western
27th of 29, WSHL
Did not qualify


The Gulls have had a number of alumni move on to college ice hockey, higher levels of junior ice hockey, and professional ice hockey.[6][7]


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